Still no charges filed in deadly DWI accident

Posted on: 8:00 pm, February 19, 2014, by , updated on: 08:03pm, February 19, 2014

SAUGET, IL (KTVI)– A year after a West County woman was killed by an alleged drunk driver, that driver has never been arrested or charged.

Twenty-year-old Brooke Bahlmer was killed and her sister seriously injured when the car Brooke was driving was struck by another vehicle in early-morning hours of February 17, 2013 in Sauget.

Brooke was the designated driver during a night of fun on Laclede’s Landing. Toxicology test showed she had not been drinking. But the other young driver, who was uninsured, had an alcohol level nearly double the legal limit.  

She has never been arrested or charged.

A backlog of accident cases at the Illinois State police has kept the case in limbo and left a family with no closure.

The family says the Sauget Police Department has been extremely helpful.

The police chief himself, Patrick Delaney, has expressed frustration. But he says prosecutors will not move the case forward until the accident reconstruction report is completed.

St. Clair County states Atty. Brendan Kelly says at this time he has no comment on the case.